A1 Beginner Drivers

In the driver’s seat with confidence!

A-1 Driving School
Beginner Driver Education Program (BDE)

There are thousands of reasons why A-1 Driving School should be your driving school. Satisfied customers – thousands of them. Join our long list of satisfied clients who have successfully obtained their driver’s licence the first time.

The very best way for you to start driving is with A-1 Driving School. Our highly qualified instructors have years of experience and thousands of hours of teaching beginner drivers such as yourself.

Listed below are the locations along with the dates and times of our upcoming Beginner Driver Education courses. To get started complete the request form on this page. We are always adding new courses, so check back often.

NORTH BAY 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Start Date Course Runs
June 8, 2019 June 8, 9, 15, 16
July 2, 2019 July 2, 3, 4, 5
July 22, 2019 July 22, 23, 24, 25

STURGEON FALLS 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Start Date Course Runs
July 2, 2019 July 2, 3, 4, 5
August 26, 2019 August 26, 27, 28, 29

SUNDRIDGE 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Start Date Course Runs
Oct 19, 2019 Oct 19, 20, 26, 27

You can use this Beginner Driver Education form to begin our simple registration process. If you have any questions or if you would like to register by telephone please call us during regular business hours at 705-472-7800.




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Here are some of the reasons why A-1 Driving School has been around for 35 years:

  • A-1 Driving School Ltd. is a Ministry-Approved Beginner Driver Education Course Provider.
  • We are recognized by the insurance industry and successful graduates of our 40-hour Beginner Driver Education Program will be certified with the Ministry of Transportation.
  • We have some of the best trained instructors in Canada including two Master Instructors. (We train/teach instructors how to train/teach drivers.)
  • We have former examiners from the Ministry of Transportation on staff.
  • Our team is that highly trained that we provide driver training to some of the most elite and specialized drivers – the Police Services and EMS personnel.
  • Our in-class program has been continuously updated and fine-tuned over the past three decades. We offer some of the most up-to-date driver training programs available in Canada.
  • One of our instructors received the Governor General Award for Exemplary Service as a Paramedic.
  • We are a “Customer Driven” company – your questions and concerns will be efficiently addressed and resolved by our full-time Office Manager (Lise Lafontaine) between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.
  • In-town pick-up for in-car lessons
  • Clean, air-conditioned vehicles
  • BDE Graduates with a Driver’s Licence History may be eligible for an insurance discount.
  • The Driver’s Licence History provides proof of successful completion and graduation from a BDE course and is widely recognized by the insurance industry as proof of course completion.
  • Not only do we know exactly what is required for passing the road test, we know how to impact your driving habits for years to come.

This driving school is excellent. One of the instructors, Sally, was absolutely wonderful with both of our boys. She was patient, kind, and encouraging. Sally was also willing to receive a few phone calls from me when I had questions for her. She gave them confidence to take their tests, and both passed quite easily. Thank you, Sally, for all of your great help!

Carol, Dave, Carter, and Daelin

Thank you so much A1 for giving me the confidence to pass my G2 road test the first time. Thanks to Emerald for the great in class and an especially big thank you to Glenn for the awesome in car lessons.

Tina Hall

We take care to provide the services our customers tell us they want.

  • Weekend and day courses
  • Short waiting times to start driving
  • Small, easily manoeuvrable cars
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Patient instructors

The art of teaching and facilitating driver learning is very specialized. This type of teaching requires a great deal of patience and understanding, to say nothing of the amount of technical expertise that an instructor must possess. Our teaching methods reflect the most recent and contemporary research of traffic safety, teaching, and social change. We incorporate these methods while accommodating the individual differences of our clients.

Classes (20 hours + 10-hour take-home assignment book)

You’ll begin in the classroom with 20 hours of instruction that covers topics such as:

  • defensive driving concepts
  • cooperative driving concepts
  • collision prevention
  • managing intersections
  • emergency situations and manoeuvres
  • hazard perception, recognition, and avoidance
  • winter driving
  • inattention and distractions
  • skid prevention and control
  • driver attitude
  • ABS brakes
  • visual awareness skills
  • air bags
  • safe reversing
  • traffic laws
  • road safety

You’ll participate in discussions with other new drivers and have the opportunity to watch videos that enhance your learning experience. Best of all, you’ll leave the classroom setting with the knowledge that you’re prepared to undertake driving with confidence.

Driving (10 hours one-to-one ratio)

You’ll start your 10 hours of driving in the driver’s seat with confidence, during times that are convenient with your schedule. With seven instructors, we can easily accommodate most schedules. Your instructor will explain the fundamentals of the vehicle and the road system and discuss any concerns before you start driving. Throughout the lessons, your instructor will provide recommendations on how to best reduce the risks and further develop your driving skills based upon your individual needs to increase safety margins in weak areas. You’ll improve your driving skills leading up to the mock road test that will demonstrate how well you are prepared for the MTO road test and your continued driving career. You’ll apply all of the valuable information that you learned in-class, plus so much more.

Course Costs (may change due to promotions or specials, so please call for details)

Service Fees North Bay West Nipissing Sundridge
Course Costs $646.02 $660.17 $660.17
Extra Lessons $40.00 $40.00 $40.00
Use of Vehicle for G1 exit Road Test* $85.00 $130.00 $85.00
Use of Vehicle for G2 exit Road Test* $105.00 $160.00 $160.00
*Includes warm-up / Prices do not include tax
Private Lessons North Bay West Nipissing Sundridge
Private Lesson (per hour) $50.00 $50.00 $50.00
Private Lesson (1.5 hour) $75.00 $75.00 $75.00
Use of Vehicle for G1 RT* $105.00 $150.00 $105.00
Use of Vehicle for G2 exit Road Test* $125.00 $180.00 $180.00
*Includes warm-up / Prices do not include tax

All prices do not include tax

At A-1 Driving School, our instructors make the difference between getting a licence and learning to drive. Our instructors are continually upgrading their skills. We believe them to be among the finest team of driving instructors in the province. Driving is a great freedom and can also provide employment opportunities, but there are risks involved at high costs. Put your trust in A-1 Driving School and know that you are choosing the very best way to learn how to drive.